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Charlestown YMCA separating from Constitution Inn

Posted by Sara Brown  October 28, 2011 10:53 AM

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With a new board of advisers and name--and new training equipment and classes--the Charlestown YMCA is separating from the Constitution Inn to become a stand-alone facility in an effort to attract more families and young professionals.

The Charlestown facility will no longer share space and a name with the Constitution Inn, a hotel in the Charlestown Navy Yard, according to a statment. Now called the Charlestown YMCA, the facility will also start providing daytime classes and programs for local mothers looking for socializing opportunities for their infants and toddlers.

It was time to differentiate ourselves and change the name to the Charlestown YMCA,” Steven Telesmanick, executive director of the Y, said in a press release.“We want to make it clear that we are here to help build the community, bring people together and offer more affordable fitness options for locals. We hope to make a larger impact with this new change.”

A Y membership will be $41 for adults and $31 for young adults, according to the press release.

The facility has a basketball court, a 25-yard lap pool, personal training, group classes, swim classes, new strength training equipment, an expanded weight-room area and newly renovated locker rooms.

The Y has brought a new board of directors on board to "help implement programs to build stronger families, youth and a community as a whole," according to the press release.

“The Y fulfills the fitness and socialization needs of residents and now, with an active board of advisors we can do more programming and launch new efforts that will benefit the entire community,” Dave Whelan, a lifelong Charlestown resident and chairman of the board said in the release. “We want to show all our residents the resources that are here for them at the Y and throughout the Navy Yard.”

As before, guests at the hotel will still have access to the fitness facilities.

Sara Brown can be reached at yourtownsara@gmail.com. Your Town: Charlestown on Twitter: @CharlestownNews.

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